§ Mr. Barry Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Energy when he proposes to publish his decision on the public inquiry into the National Coal Board's application to mine opencast coal at Northop Hall, Clwyd; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. John Moore
The inspector's report on the public inquiry held into the proposed Pont Einion opencast coal site near Northlop Hall, Clwyd, was received on 6 February and is now under consideration in the interested Departments. A decision will be announced as soon as possible, but it is too early to say when this will be.